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Arla Day, PHD.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, St Mary's University

Arla Day is a Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University, specializing in Occupational Health Psychology, and she is the Director of the CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety.

Arla is also a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and she was a Canada Research Chair at Saint Mary’s University in I/O psychology for 10 years. Dr. Day is a founding member of two research and community outreach centres at Saint Mary’s: the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Centre for Leadership Excellence. She was on the American Psychological Association’s Psychology in the Workplace board, which coordinated state and provincial psychologically healthy workplace awards and programs. Within this network, she chaired the Nova Scotia Psychological Healthy Workplace Program committee, organizing the APA Psychologically Healthy Workplace awards in Nova Scotia, and coordinating workshops and programs. She chairs the Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute through the CN Centre, which is jointly hosted by Saint Mary’s University and Portland State University.

Dr. Day has authored articles, book chapters, and books pertaining to healthy workplaces, respect, and civility in the workplace, leadership, occupational stress, employee well-being, and work-life balance, focusing her research on developing and implementing effective organizational and individual initiatives and training program.

Arla has been an Associate Editor at the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and a Consulting Editor at the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology. She regularly reviews for a number of scholarly journals. She currently serves as an international advisor on the Stockholm Stress Centre’s Advisory Board, and she was awarded an Erskine Fellowship from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand to teach and conduct research on healthy workplaces.

Dr. Day regularly conducts workshops and keynote addresses on healthy workplaces, work-life balance, and wellness, and she has been called upon to provide expert testimony about survey validity, and the interpretation and use survey data. She consults with a number of private and public organizations, focusing on organizational health issues. Arla earned her Master’s and PhD Psychology from the University of Waterloo. 

Arla puts her research into practice by practicing work-life balance, developing healthy work- (and nonwork-) places, and spending her nonwork time engaged in a lot of outdoor activities with her energetic and engaging daughter, with horses and dogs, and one very opinionated cat.

Christine Maheu

Christine Maheu, PHD, MA, BA.

Ingram School of Nursing,
McGill University

Christine Maheu is an Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University and an affiliate scientist at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, Cancer Program. Dr. Maheu research interests include developing interventions that address the following cancer survivorship issues: return to work, fear of cancer recurrence, managing cancer-distress, uncertainty, and coping. Dr. Maheu is the Co-Director of Cancer and Work (www.cancerandwork.ca), a Canadian bilingual website created with a multidisciplinary team and expert writers to address the gap in return to work support for cancer survivors. She is currently co-leading a clinical trial for the management of fear of cancer recurrence with breast and gynecological cancer survivors and developing cancer and work tool to assess readiness for return to work. 

She holds funds from the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Dr. Maheu received excellence awards in nursing research (2013, 2015, 2016) from Ovarian Cancer Canada, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and Association Québécoise des infirmières en Oncologie (AQIO)/Quebec Association of Nurses in Oncology. Dr. Maheu is the recipient of a junior 2 FRQ-S career award. Christine is the director-at-large for research for the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO), a national organization with a mission to advance oncology nursing excellence through practice, education, research, and leadership for the benefit of all Canadians. 

Christine has a Ph.D. in nursing with an emphasis in psychosocial oncology from the University of British Columbia, a Post-doctorate from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s and Bachelor degree in nursing from l’Université de Montréal. In her spare time, Christine enjoys marathon training and spending time with her husband and three teenage children.

Diane Lacaille

Diane Lacaille, md, frcpc, mhsc.

Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine UBC

Diane Lacaille is the Associate Scientific Director and a Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada; as well as a Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Associate Head of Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She has a rheumatology practice in Richmond, BC. She holds the Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology Research from UBC and The Arthritis Society of Canada.

Diane’s research focuses on two areas: 1) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with RA, developing and testing interventions to improve quality of care, and conducting pharmaco-epidemiology studies, using BC administrative health data; 2) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability. She has developed the Making-it-Work™ Program, an online program helping workers with arthritis deal with employment issues. Making-it-Work™ is the first comprehensive program specifically designed to prevent Work Disability (WD) in employed people with inflammatory arthritis, such as RA. This program has been pilot tested and showed promising results in improving self-confidence and self-rated productivity at work. An ongoing randomized clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of the program at improving at-work productivity and preventing work disability.

Her research has been supported by peer reviewed grants from the Canadian Institute for Health and Research, the Canadian Arthritis Network, the Arthritis Society of Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for her research contributions. She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology, at the University of British Columbia. In her spare time, Diane enjoys the outdoors, particularly sailing, hiking, and skiing.

Fergal OHagan

Fergal O'Hagan, PHD, Rkin.

Department of Psychology,
Trent University

Fergal O’Hagan is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Before and during his doctoral training, Dr. O’Hagan practiced in the field of occupational rehabilitation holding progressive positions in public and private sector organizations. He has worked with a range of clinical populations developing, managing, and evaluating occupational rehabilitation programs. His research examines individual adaptation to chronic health conditions with a specific focus on work functioning. He is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, consulting to Lifemark Health on occupational rehabilitation issues.

Fergal completed a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and his post-doctoral training focused on work disability prevention. In his spare time, Fergal enjoys rugby, Avengers Movies and riding the bike paths of Peterborough and surrounding area.

Izabela Schultz


Cortex Centre for Advanced Assessment

Since 1987, Dr. Izabela Schultz has been the Principal Investigator for over $1.5 million in research projects. The results of a major multi-pronged, multi-method study of work accommodations for persons with mental health disabilities were integrated to produce first-ever Canadian evidence-based practice guidelines for accommodations and employment retention in mental health. Dr. Schultz is the clinical director of UBC affiliated Cortex Centre for Advanced Assessment, providing multidisciplinary assessment services for employees with nonvisible disabilities. Dr. Schultz’s research focuses on prediction of disability from early markers; the relationship between impairment and disability, occupational disability determination, mental health disorders, and work capacity, return to work interventions, work accommodations and chronic pain, brain injury and other neurocognitive disorders, depression, anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Much of Dr. Schultz’s conceptual, empirical, knowledge transfer and professional work focuses on psychological and vocational aspects of nonvisible disability including diagnosis, assessment, causality determination; the impact of psychological impairment on work capacity in mental health, neurological and pain-related disabilities; and secondary prevention of disability, including the development of new methodological approaches to clinical causality determination, determination of impact of mental health impairment on work capacity, and early risk identification and intervention approaches in chronic pain and mental health disability. 

Dr. Schultz has published extensively in rehabilitation, forensic, and vocational psychology and neuropsychology. Izabela has award winning studies on prediction of occupational disability, early risk identification, and intervention in a disability compensation context. She is a co-editor of the following eight textbooks, including Gatchel, Schultz & Ray (2018). Handbook of Rehabilitation in Older Adults, Olson, Young, & Schultz (2016); Handbook of Qualitative Research for Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare; Schultz & Gatchel (2015). Handbook of Return to Work: From Research to Practice; Gatchel & Schultz (2014). Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace; Gatchel & Schultz (2012). Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness; and, Schultz & Rogers (2010). Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health. Izabela earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Warsaw, her Master’s of Arts in Applied Psychology (Summa cum laude) from the University of Warsaw, and her PhD (summa cum laude) in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, also from the University of Warsaw.

Kelly William Whitt


Faculty of Management,
University of Lethbridge

Kelly Williams-Whitt is a Professor in the Dhillon School of Business at the University of Lethbridge, and a Labour Mediator and Arbitrator. She is a former registered nurse, with an MBA and a PhD in human resource management and labour relations. Dr. Williams-Whitt teaches courses in labour relations, labour and employment law, human resources management, and workplace health management. 

Kelly is an active researcher and works with scientists from around the world to conduct studies in occupational health and return-to-work after illness or injury.  Her work is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and she has authored numerous books and book chapters on work disability and labour and employment law. Dr. Williams-Whitt is the chair of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) Southern Alberta chapter and former president of CIRA national. She also holds an appointment with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Labour Program) as an adjudicator for cases falling under Part III of the Canada Labour Code. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Workplace Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. Kelly earned her NDip from the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing, and an MBA and PhD in Human Resources and Labour Relations from the University of Calgary. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Gewurtz

Rebecca Gewurtz, PHD, OT.

School of Rehabilitation Science,
McMaster University

Dr. Rebecca Gewurtz’ research is focused on work disability policy, income insecurity, and employment and housing support among people living with disabilities. She has been involved in large projects that include diverse community partners such as employers, non-profit social service organizations, and government agencies. She has experience with participatory action research and co-designing solutions to complex social problems. Her recent work includes a focus on the unique experiences of people who have experienced homelessness and are transitioning to being housed, as well as retaining people who are living with mental health conditions in the workplace. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys hanging out with her three kids and going for nature walks.

Shannon Wagner


School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia

Shannon Wagner is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences, and the Interim Dean for the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences. Her research focus is occupational mental health, especially as it relates to disability management, occupational stress, trauma, and family-work interface. She is particularly interested in work with first responders and has completed work with firefighters that spans more than two decades.

Dr. Wagner is also a registered psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice. Her practice provides general psychological assessment for both children and adults and provides specific local expertise for issues of occupational mental health, especially workplace related traumatic stress.

Susanne Bruyere


Research Assistant and Program Development Officer

The Yang-Tan Institute is a research, training, and technical assistance center focusing on disability inclusion in employment, education, and community. Dr. Bruyère serves as Institute administrative and strategic leadership, and also as the PI/Co-PI of numerous research, dissemination, and technical assistance efforts focused on employment and disability policy and effective workplace practices for people with disabilities. She is the author/co-author of three books and over 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on workplace disability inclusion and related topics. 

Susanne is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. Dr. Bruyère is a past president of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (22) of the American Psychological Association, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and past Board Chair of the Executive Board of the Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training (GLADNET), and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Susanne earned her masters’ degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling (University of Southern California), Public Administration (Seattle University), and Adult Education (Seattle University), and her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her spare time, Susanne enjoys being outdoors in nature, hiking, and skiing. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC).

Tyler Amell

Tyler Amell, PHD, MSC, BSC.

CoreHealth Technologies

Dr. Tyler Amell is an internationally recognized thought leader on the topic of workplace health and productivity. He is an advisor on strategic and integrated workplace health and productivity to employers, insurance companies, third party administrators, and health and well-being service providers. He has presented at over 150 conferences and published numerous scientific papers and reports. In the past, Tyler has also served on the Executive Board of Directors of the San Francisco-based Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), and the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH). He is the past CEO of a Human Resources Technology Company, past Vice President and Partner at a global Human Resources Consulting and Technology firm, and past Vice President of a large Healthcare Company. Dr. Tyler Amell is a former instructor at Queen’s University and the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Ottawa. Tyler earned his PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta, a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Medicine from Queen’s University and a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Ottawa. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and golf. 

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